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From Old Norse rif.

Noun

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Singular
reef

Plural
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  1. A chain or range of rocks lying at or near the surface of the water.
  2. (Australia) & (South Africa) A large vein of auriferous quartz; hence, any body of rock yielding valuable ore.
  3. (nautical) An arrangement to reduce the area of a sail in a high wind.
  4. A reef knot.

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Verb

Infinitive
to reef

Third person singular
reefs

Simple past
reefed

Past participle
-

Present participle
reefing

to reef (third-person singular simple present reefs, present participle reefing, simple past and past participle reefed)
  1. (nautical) To take in part of a sail in order to adapt the size of the sail to the force of the wind.

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